Broccoli City Festival: What to know about Saturday’s music-meets-mindfulness fest

Saturday's Broccoli City Festival will pair R&B and rap with group workouts and the gospel of healthy living at the new Gateway Pavilion on the St. Elizabeths campus.

Is it a replacement for Coachella's sunshine, Ferris wheel and short shorts? Not even close. But for music fans, it does offer a chance to see buzzy R&B singer Kelela,  pink fur-clad party rapper Cam'ron and famed producer Just Blaze while basking in the weekend's (expected) sunshine. More than 5,000 people attended last year’s festival, which featured Phil Ade and Big K.R.I.T., at the Fairgrounds.

Read: Kelela: An R&B star to be

If you're headed to the Southeast venue this weekend, here's what you'll want to know.


The 2013 Broccoli City Festival at Fairgrounds in Southeast Washington. (Broccoli City photo)

What is Broccoli City?

It's about blending "the urban community and eco-friendly community," said Brandon McEachern, the Los Angeles-based founder of Broccoli City. (There's an L.A. version of the festival on the books this year, too.) Music, McEachern said, is his way of reaching out “to a particular crowd that wouldn't even try a veggie burger.” The idea, he said, was to be hip, to "make people really want to come to this thing."

What to eat

The festival has lined up a handful of food trucks, including Capital Chicken & Waffles, Red Hook Lobster Pound,  JuiceLove, Hungry Nomad and Relay Foods. If you have a VIP ticket ($45), it includes catered food from the firm Kitchen Cray. If it doesn't sound all that healthy, know that there are workouts scheduled for much of the day, so you truly earn that lobster roll calories. Kazaxe, yoga, cardio hip-hop and other classes classes run from noon to 6:15 p.m. and are included in the ticket price.

How to get there

If you're taking Metro, take the Green Line to Congress Heights. On-site parking is $10.

What to bring

Bring blankets to sit on. Waters and juices are welcome at the venue, but in keeping with the theme, the organizers ask that you fill reusable containers. Bring a canvas bag to pick up goodies, giveaways, freebies and pack food for the festival. Coolers are forbidden.

The set times

Big Face Paper 12:15-12:30 p.m.

Butterflytree 12:40-1:00 p.m.

Chaz French 1:15-1:35 p.m.

Crooked  1:40-2:10 p.m.

K. EYE.D  2:15-2:35 p.m.

Future Band  2:40-3:05 p.m.

Reesa Renee 3:10-3:35 p.m.

Melker Project  3:40-4:15 p.m.

Sango   4:50-5:25 p.m.

Me & This Army 4:20-4:45 p.m.

Goldlink 5:35-6:00 p.m.

Kelela  6:05-6:35 p.m.

Just Blaze 6:40-7:35 p.m.

Cam'ron   7:40 p.m.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.

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